Governor Cuomo recently announced that New York State will use up to $812,500 in federal funding to retrain 270 Orion Bus workers who were impacted by recent layoffs. The Governor has directed the State Department of Labor (DOL) to partner with the Workforce Investment Board of Herkimer, Madison and Oneida Counties to administer the funds and develop training programs. Once trained, both agencies will help connect workers to new jobs in emerging fields that have potential for growth. Joe Robach has been a longtime supporter of providing funds for training programs to help get those laid off new jobs.
On April 25, 2012, Daimler Buses North America (Orion Bus) announced that layoffs would occur in their Oriskany plant between September 2012 and March 2013. Immediately following the plant closure announcement, the State mobilized its Rapid Response Reemployment Team to provide reemployment and retraining services for the workers.
All workers who were laid off will be contacted to enroll in the training programs available. The state will offer certificate and degree training programs in advanced manufacturing, environmental technology, health care, information technology and other in-demand occupations. During and following the trainings, both agencies will work with local and state-wide employers to help place workers in new jobs.
This federal funding for training is disbursed by DOL to local areas and may be requested to address plant closings or substantial layoffs that exceed the current resources available. For more information on jobs initiatives, contact Joe Robach or his office.